Research Position in Watershed Cumulative Effects

The Salmon Watersheds Lab (www.jonwmoore.org) is seeking a postdoctoral fellow or research scientist to join our team at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada! We study aquatic ecology in collaboration with diverse partners to inform management and conservation, with a focus on salmon and their watersheds. Our lab is part of the Earth to Oceans Research Group – a group aimed at addressing global environmental issues through an interdisciplinary collaborative science approach.

Project – Watershed cumulative effects, climate change, and salmon: This project will focus on the cumulative effects of climate change and land use on stream temperatures and flow, with application to migratory salmon. There are two initial phases of this research: 1) initiate a literature review that synthesizes the state of knowledge on this subject, and 2) conduct empirical analyses using large data-sets from the Thompson and Nicola Watersheds to understand the effects of multiple stressors and different land-use activities on water, temperatures, and fish. This project will consist of some field work in British Columbia river systems as well as spatial analyses of existing large datasets. The candidate will also be responsible for organizing and facilitating a working group.

The competitive candidate will have a background or aptitude for quantitative spatial analyses, potential expertise in areas such as multiple stressors, watershed management, ecohydrology, or river temperature models, and a strong record of publication. Candidates with PhD’s will be preferred, but exceptional earlier-career candidates (e.g., post Masters) will be considered with the appropriate skillsets and experience. This position is full-time for 9 months initially, with potential longer-term extension based on performance and funding. Ideal start date is late May 2019 or early June 2019, although may be somewhat negotiable.

Funding: Support for this position is coming from the Ocean and Freshwater Science Contribution Program of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Funds are available to cover the full costs of a salary, research and travel expenses, and funding to run a workshop. Salary will be commensurate with stipend levels of a Postdoc or research scientist.

To apply: Applicants should email a CV and a brief cover letter to adminjwm@sfu.ca with the subject header “2019 OFSCP application”. We will begin reviewing applications on May 1, 2019, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The CV should reference relevant work and educational experience and contact information for 3 references. The cover letter should be two pages or less and should address three topics: 1) Relevant experience and analytical expertise, 2) Collaborative approach and experience working with diverse stakeholders and scientists, 3) Interest and potential research directions for this project. The letter should also communicate the timing of availability. Both documents should be pdf files and the file names should start with the last name of the applicant.

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PhD position: Wood Turtle Ecology and Response to Forest Harvest, University of New Brunswick, Natural Resources Canada – Canadian Forest Service

We are looking for a PhD student with broad interest in herpetology and forest management to work on a project investigating Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) response to forest harvest. The four-year project is a before-after design, in which populations will be monitored and turtles will be tracked using GPS-telemetry before and after forest harvest. The goal is to evaluate and develop best-management practices related to management of critical habitat. The student will be expected to develop and investigate questions on movement ecology, habitat selection, habitat management, that involve theory and application. This is a rare opportunity to conduct a controlled large scale ecological experiment to understand how animals respond to habitat change. The position will be based out of the University of New Brunswick and the Canadian Forest Service in Fredericton, New Brunswick, with Drs. Chris Edge (https://edgeforestecologylab.wordpress.com/) and Graham Forbes (https://tinyurl.com/y5zusvcl) and begin in September of 2019.

Our ideal candidate will have a broad interest in wildlife biology, conservation biology, species at risk, evolutionary ecology, and/or ecology. Experience with GPS- and/or radio-telemetry, species at risk, forestry, habitat selection, and advanced movement statistics such as utilization distributions, random walk, or Brownian motion are an asset. The project is field based and will require substantial work outdoors. We encourage applicants who are interested in using the data collected in this project to test broad ecological questions related to how animals respond to disturbance and use those responses to predict long-term and broad-spatial population effect.

Interested applicants should send a 1 page cover letter detailing their research interests and CV to Dr. Chris Edge via email (christopher.edge[at]canada.ca). Informal inquiries about the project via email are encouraged. All candidates will be considered, but preference will be given to Canadian Citizens. Applications will be reviewed until a suitable candidate is found.

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MSc. student position in Rare Plant Conservation Genetics at Memorial University of Newfoundland-Canada

We are seeking a motivated MSc student to conduct research on the conservation genetics of endangered plant species of Newfoundland in Canada. Two species of Braya (Brassicaceae) and one species of Salix (Salicaceae) are endemic to the Limestone Barrens of Newfoundland (www.limestonebarrens.ca for more information), and are endangered under the Canadian Species at Risk Act. We aim to elucidate the intraspecific genetic variation and population genetic structure for the conservation and management of these endangered species including the establishment of a genetically diverse seed bank, and the identification of stock for future reintroductions. We propose to use Genotyping-by-Sequencing (GBS), a cost-effective next generation sequencing method that permits the retrieval of millions of short DNA markers, and which we have successfully used in other plant projects at MUN Biology (Podocarpus, Vaccinium, Parajubaea). Other research questions of interest to the student are welcome within the framework of Conservation Biology or Genetics. The MSc student will work under the mentorship of three professors: Dr. Julissa Roncal (plant evolutionary biologist), Dr. Luise Hermanutz (conservation ecologist) and Dr. Lourdes Pena-Castillo (bioinformatician).

Student’s qualifications:

  • A BS degree with Honours in a related discipline (e.g. biology, botany, conservation, ecology, molecular biology, bioinformatics)
  • Experience in organismic botany, ecology, conservation science, phylogenetic and/or population genetics analyses, and bioinformatic analysis of high-throughput sequencing data is highly desirable.
  • Excellent writing, analytical, organization and communication skills. Attention to detail.
  • Written and oral proficiency in English is mandatory for international students. TOEFL test required for admission to the university, but not the GRE tests

Position characteristics:

Project start date is September 2019. The MSc program comprises two years with an annual stipend of $19,000. The student is expected to teach on average 10 hr/wk during the fall and winter semesters but not in the spring. The department of Biology at Memorial University has 29 faculty members and over 100 graduate students. Memorial University is Atlantic Canada’s largest university offering a multicultural environment. Screening will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Note this position is subject to funding.

How to apply: Interested applicants should send their CV, a one-page statement of research interests and career goals, transcripts, and contact information of 3 references (who have agreed to be contacted) in a single pdf or word file to Dr. Julissa Roncal at Email: jroncal@mun.ca. For more information on the research group visit: http://www.mun.ca/biology/jroncal/

For instructions on how to apply to Memorial’s graduate program visit: http://www.mun.ca/become/graduate/apply/index.php

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PhD: Securing ecosystem services by diversifying cropping systems. 

Description: We seek a PhD student (or highly motivated MSc) to characterize the agronomic and ecological attributes of a wide variety of crops for their potential use in diversifying arable cropping systems to promote soil health and other ecosystem services including sustainable yields.

The main objectives of the project is to screen a wide variety of crops for their ecological and agricultural attributes with the intention to build a knowledgebase for the various cover crops that may be implemented in Atlantic Canada to (1) protect and restore soil health in intensive production systems and (2) promote ecosystem services provided by arable lands (i.e. plant beneficial mycorrhizae, plant pollination, biodiversity and yield). The candidate will be involved in leading fieldwork for data collection on plant above and belowground traits as well as soil sampling and processing for characterizing soil biodiversity using next generation sequencing. These data will be used to make informed predictions for their incorporation into diversifying cropping systems (i.e. use in rotation or in diverse mixtures). The candidate will be involved in developing the study design; conducting field sampling activities; managing, analyzing and synthesizing data; communicating with government and industry partners; and disseminating results through peer-reviewed publications and presentations.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic and multidisciplinary team of researchers at the Fredericton Research and Development and Center (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) on a 4-year, program in the Department of Biology at the University of New Brunswick. 

Start date: 1 Sept 2019 (latest) 

Type: The project is for a fully funded four year program. The candidate will be encouraged to apply for scholarships and teaching assistantships. 

Supervisors:
Dr. Cameron Wagg (AAFC, Fredericton)
Prof. Amy Parachnowitsch (UNB, Department of Biology) 

Qualifications: Preference will be given to prospective students that have:

  • A degree in Plant and/or Soil Ecology, Agronomy, or related fields
  • An interest in incorporating ecological theory and concepts into agricultural practices
  • A valid driver’s license (or equivalent)
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Knowledge of experimental design and statistical programs (R) would be an asset

Application: Those interested should first email Dr. Cameron Wagg (cameron.wagg@canada.ca and cc Prof. Amy Parachnowitsch (aparachn@unb.ca) the following:

  • a letter of interest (1 page)
  • a CV describing qualifications and experience
  • unofficial transcripts
  • contact information for three references

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Informal inquiries to gain more information about the positions are also welcome.

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Factors mediating the energetic costs of immunity in crickets. Application deadline: 30 May 2019.

A PhD (or MSc) position is available under the supervision of Dr. Clint Kelly at Université du Québec à Montréal (https://kellylab.weebly.com) beginning September 2019.

We are seeking a keen and curious student to study the energetic costs related to fighting disease and pathogens with specific emphasis on identifying how extrinsic (e.g. temperature, social environment) and intrinsic (e.g. sex, age, body condition) factors mediate the costs of immunity in crickets. Research will involve laboratory work in Montreal as well as fieldwork in Florida; therefore, the ability to communicate in English is a must.

The bright and highly motivated student will ideally hold an M.Sc. or equivalent in a relevant topic (e.g. entomology, animal physiology).

Funding is available to students through a variety of sources, including teaching assistantships (French speakers only as courses are taught in French), and research funds; however, students are expected to apply for external graduate scholarships from the Natural Sciences and engineering research Council of Canada (NSERC) and/or Fonds de recherche Nature et technologies (FRQNT) upon arrival at UQAM.

The Kelly Lab is a member of the Groupe de recherche en écologie comportementale et animale (GRECA), which is a part of the large, research-active Département des Sciences Biologiques at UQAM (https://bio.uqam.ca). Université du Québec à Montréal is a French-language university in the heart of Montreal that welcomes non-French-speaking PhD graduate students.

If interested, please send a brief description of your research interests, academic transcripts and a CV to kelly.clint@uqam.ca by 30 May 2019.

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Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Water, Environment and Sustainability

The Faculty of Science at the University of Regina invites applicants for nomination as a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Water, Environment and Sustainability in the Department of Biology.

The candidate will be a global leader in climate change, human-environmental interactions, and/or adaptive management strategies for surface waters. Areas of research strength at Regina include nutrient pollution and water quality, climate and lakes, paleoecology, major element biogeochemistry, ecosystem sustainability and lake management. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in interdisciplinary collaboration and possess the visionary leadership necessary to replace the current director of the Institute of Environmental Change and Society (IECS) after a period of co-direction.

Qualifications, responsibilities, and expectations of the successful candidate include, but are not limited to:

  • commitment to preparing a CRC application that articulates an original, innovative, and high quality research program;
  • an exceptional track record of peer-reviewed publications in freshwater (surface water) science;
  • demonstrated leadership and interdisciplinary collaboration skills.

For additional information about the position, please contact Peter.Leavitt@uregina.ca and links below.

More information about the Department of Biology is available at: https://www.uregina.ca/science/biology/

More information about the Faculty of Science, and a more detailed ad is available at: http://www.uregina.ca/science/

To Apply:

Applicants must submit an application online at: https://www.uregina.ca/hr/careers/opportunities.html

 Review of applications begins May 6, 2019

As an employer committed to employment equity, we are seeking applications from women scientists for this position. In order to alleviate the under-representation of women in Tier I CRC and senior faculty positions, this position has been targeted to women.

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Funded PhD Position in Cougar Ecology, The University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus [Kelowna, BC, Canada]

Project description: We are recruiting a PhD student for research on the ecology of cougars in southern British Columbia. Cougars are one of the most important large carnivores in this region – interacting with deer, bighorn sheep, and other prey. However, landscape change – from wildfires, forestry, and urbanization – may be altering where and how cougars hunt these prey. These changes may also affect human-wildlife conflict.

The PhD student will examine the links between landscape change and predator-prey interactions using data from GPS-collared cougars. There is ongoing research in this area, incuding several dozen bighorn sheep and mule deer fitted with GPS collars, and arrays of remote cameras. This combination of research projects provides a rare and powerful opportunity to directly measure the spatial and temporal dynamics of species interactions. The student will be expected to tackle theoretical and applied questions related to cougar ecology – making advances in both fundamental research and the science-policy interface.

Minimal qualifications: Completion of a MSc is strongly preferred, as are applicants with publications or manuscripts in review. Applicants must have experience working on field research projects, knowledge of GIS, statistics (e.g., R), and a demonstrated interest in one or more of the following topics: 1) movement ecology; 2) predator-prey ecology; 3) the ecology of human-wildlife conflict. The student must be willing to work in a highly collaborative environment that includes: 1) co-supervision by two (nice) PIs; 2) government biologists; 3) other graduate students working on related research projects 4) people from First Nations, eNGOS, and consumptive and non-consumptive wildlife user groups.

Setting: The student will form a nexus between the research labs Drs. Adam T. Ford  (http://atford.weebly.com/) and Karen Hodges (https://biol.ok.ubc.ca/faculty/hodges.html) from the Department of Biology, UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC, who will co-supervise the student. The PhD Student will have the opportunity to engage with faculty members of, and facilities managed by, the Kelowna-based BRAES Institute (http://braes.ok.ubc.ca/) and the Vancouver-based Biodiversity Research Center (https://biodiversity.ubc.ca/).

Timeline: The ideal start date would be January 2020, but is negotiable. The formal application deadline for January 2020 admission at UBC Okanagan is June 1, 2019, but candidates will not be considered unless they have been in contact with us first and encouraged by us to complete the formal application.

Application instructions: Please email both adam.ford@ubc.ca AND karen.hodges@ubc.ca a single PDF [formatted as: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME.pdf] that includes: (1) 1-2 page cover letter indicating i) past experiences in field ecology and research, ii) your reasons for wishing to pursue a PhD, and iii) your anticipated fit with the PIs and their labs; (2) a current CV; (3) copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts [unofficial is fine]; (4) contact information for 3 references. For the email, please use the subject header “Cougar PhD Application”.

For full consideration, please submit this package no later than May 7,2019. We reserve the right to consider applications submitted after this time.  We will ask only our top candidate(s) to complete the formal UBC Okanagan application, since that entails additional time and expense.

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MSc or PhD position available, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph, ON, Canada

Project title: Structural and functional connectivity of multi-purpose landscapes of Southern Ontario

Advisors: Dr. Madhur Anand and Dr. Genevieve Ali

Project description: This project aims to describe and quantify the ecological and hydrological connectivity of Southern Ontario landscapes, where a variety of land uses and natural areas coexist in a mosaic pattern. The student will focus on different ways of assessing structural and functional connectivity (e.g. ecological, hydrological and chemical connectivity) for a variety of landscape objectives (e.g. agricultural production, biodiversity conservation, provision of ecosystem services, resilience) and at multiple scales. The student will also analyze trade-offs between landscape objectives, and develop and compare optimization scenarios that ultimately contribute to the environmental and socio-economic sustainability of Southern Ontario ecosystems.

Qualifications: BSc (if applying for a MSc) or MSc degree (if applying for a PhD); areas of expertise: environmental sciences, ecology, sustainability, geography, rural planning, or similar; strong academic record (required); excellent skills in Geographical Information Systems (required); sound knowledge in quantitative analysis and statistics (required); ability to work both independently and in an interdisciplinary fashion; competence to handle multiple datasets and sources; previous scientific publications (strongly preferred).

Start date: September 2019

Funding: available for 2 yrs (MSc) or 3 yrs (for PhD) as per University of Guelph guidelines. Grant source: CFREF Food from Thought to Dr. Madhur Anand.

To apply: Send CV, letter of interest, (unofficial) undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and the contact information for two references to Dr. Madhur Anand (manand@uoguelph.ca) and Dr. Genevieve Ali (gali@uoguelph.ca).

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MSc Opportunity – Forest Genetics, Start date: Immediate

Barb Thomas Lab

I am seeking a highly motivated MSc student to join my research group. As part of your graduate thesis research, you will lead a greenhouse study on the effects of drought stress on the sex performance of trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides). Provenance and sex performance of seedlings will be compared through ecophysiological assessments, growth, biomass allocation and water use efficiency.

Prospective students must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in forestry or the natural sciences with a focus on forestry, ecology, genetics, plant biology or related field. The ideal candidate will have experience with field and greenhouse work, high attention to detail and strong computing skills including the use of statistical software packages. This project is part of a series of studies focused on understanding the underlying mechanisms driving differences in clonal performance in aspen.

This opportunity is open to domestic and international students, but preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. This project is partially funded through an NSERC Discovery Grant and additional scholarship funds and/or teaching will be required. Scholarships are available for Canadian students with a GPA of 3.7 or greater.

The research project will start in the summer or fall of 2019. Please submit an updated CV and letter of interest in conducting graduate research in forest genetics to Dr. Barb Thomas (bthomas@ualberta.ca) and Morgan Randall (mrandall@ualberta.ca). Informal inquiries to gain more information about the position are also welcome. Review of applications will begin as soon as they are received and continue until the position is filled.

To learn more about the research in our lab, please visit our website at: https://people.ales.ualberta.ca/barbthomas/

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MSc Opportunity – Forest Genetics, Start Date: January 2020

Barb Thomas Lab

I am seeking a highly motivated MSc student to join my research group in tree improvement. As part of your graduate thesis research, you will examine underlying causes for low seed yields in lodgepole pine seed orchards intended to provide genetically improved seed for reforestation in the upper and lower foothills of Alberta, Canada.

Prospective students must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in forestry or the natural sciences with a focus on ecology, plant biology or related field. The project will require both field data collection and lab work such as dissection of reproductive organs under a stereoscope. The ideal candidate will have experience with field and lab work, high attention to detail, strong computing skills including the use of statistical software packages. This project is part of a larger project with Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Simon Bockstette.

This opportunity is open to domestic and international students, but preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The position will be fully funded through an NSERC/Industry funded Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) grant, but prospective students are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Scholarships are available for Canadian students with a GPA of 3.7 or greater.

The position is available starting January  2020. Please submit an updated CV and letter of interest in conducting graduate research in forest genetics to Dr. Barb Thomas (bthomas@ualberta.ca) and Morgan Randall (mrandall@ualberta.ca). Informal inquiries to gain more information about the position are also welcome. Review of applications will begin as soon as they are received and continue until the position is filled.

To learn more about the research in our lab, please visit our website at: https://people.ales.ualberta.ca/barbthomas/

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